In honor of Peter Mayhew, Star Wars Battlefront II players and producers put Chewbacca on full display by wearing skins and changing the menu screen.
Peter Mayhew died on April 30th, 2019. The English/American actor had played Chewbacca, everyone’s favorite wookie, ever since the original trilogy and right up until The Force Awakens.
News of his passing was met by an outpouring of sorrow from both Star Wars fans and celebrities. Players in Star Wars Battlefront II, the current biggest and bestest Star Wars game out there, honored Chewie by playing as the character in their online matches. Players with access to the appearance wore the bandaged Chewie skin to mimic the patch sometimes worn to identify a person in mourning.
The Force Awakens was some of the last footage ever shot of Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca as declining health and poor mobility prevented him from being filmed in any scenes that involved him standing or walking.
While the unofficial tributes were certainly heartwarming, players also asked Battlefront II developers DICE for something a little more official. Some called for a discount on Chewie’s purchase price while others asked for an overall buff to the character as Chewbacca has long been criticized for being lackluster compared to other Battlefront II heroes.
DICE didn’t hold an event as one was already being performed in honor of May the Fourth, but a producer did at least make a small change to honor Mayhew’s passing.
Chewbacca’s model was added to the main menu screen in Battlefront II, complete with his iconic crossbow blaster and blocky bandolier.
We might be in store for a more official event following the May the Fourth event, which sees players perform 4 million command post captures on Capital Supremacy in order to unlock the New Hope appearance of Princess Leia Organa. Something similar seems like a fitting tribute for Chewie--perhaps a Hoth-themed Chewbacca skin from The Empire Strikes Back?
Chewie will live on in games and in film, but we’ll always miss the actor who played him. May the Force be with you, Peter Mayhew.